Friday, July 18, 2008


Went to see Sharion today. She is way ahead of schedule. She fought the induced coma so hard, they've let her begin to come up. The respirator is out, she still has a trach tube but is breathing on her own.
She opens her eyes. They roll around the room, but settle on me once in a while, and focus with beautiful intent. I told her husband I would come shave her legs and do her toenails. Sharion is a freak about remaining hairless, and I know that stubble is bugging her. Her eyes looked straight into mine, and she gave me a little twitch of a smile.
If you had ever seen the erratic forestation on my legs you'd get how funny that offer is. Sharion got it. She can give a little squeeze with her left hand.
I told her how hard it has been to throw a leg over the colts the last several days. Tears rolled down her face.
The little things give me joy and hope. The big picture breaks my heart. Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers. Please keep them coming.


  1. How great it is for her to be progressing quicker than anticipated. How great of you to be such a wonderful friend by offering to help with things like shaving her legs. People just don't think like that. My grandma had alzheimers (worsened drastically about her last 6 years) before she died this past December. My aunt, my grandma's only living daughter (my mom died about 15 years ago, and it's just my aunt and three uncles left) lived over 6 hours away and couldn't be here to be with her all the time or visit often, but one time when she came down, she helped my grandma (Mimi) neaten herself up, like trim her eyebrows and pluck some stray facial hair. My Mimi, who was always very polished, prim and proper, started crying because she said no one else would have let her know she needed it done or would help her do those things. Your friend is very greatful, I'm sure. You are such a great person.

  2. I am so glad to read this tidbit of good news. Tell her she has lots of people pulling for her that would like to meet her someday...soon.

  3. Wonderful to hear the great news! I'd been thinking about her lately, actually. I thought she sounded like a fighter, and I'm glad to hear that she's winning.

  4. Great news! She's been on my mind today as well, so I'm pleased to read a positive update!

  5. That's wonderful, mugs! Still sending positive thoughts your and her way. Keep focused on the small improvements and that hill ahead of you will seem smaller, if only a little.

  6. Thats awesome that shes progressing ahead of schedule. Good for her.

    Three words: German leg warmers.

    I hope if I am ever incapable of shaving myself I have good friends (or my sister or mom) to shave my legs and armpits. God forbid I look like I have squirrels trying to escape my pits.

    You should find someone with a mini that could come into the hospital and visit. Hey it's a horse and it's small and you can probably fit its ass into an obese persons diaper.

  7. Thanks for the update, glad to hear Sharion is making progress. :)
    I'll continue to send postive thoughts/energy/prayers from up north.

    You truly are a good friend to offer some "personal grooming".

  8. Oh Mug! I am so glad to hear that she is awake and there. This is awesome. I know that the thoughts and feelings of her family and friends bridged the fog between Sharion, and this world and helped her to work her way back.

    My thoughts and prayers are still with you and your friend.


  9. What great news! Sounds like your friend is one determined fighter who is going to be fine! It makes a big difference to have a friend like you cheering her on and supporting her!

  10. Thank you for keeping us updated.

    It's wonderful that she has such spirit. Things are going to be very difficult, but what I hear from doctors over and over is that attitude makes all the difference in both recovery and quality of life after something like this.

    Anything you can do to help her feel like a person rather than an invalid is a wonderful gift.

    My thoughts are with you both.

  11. Still praying here... Thanks for the update, however painful it was to type out...

  12. So glad to hear this great news. One thing about horsewomen - we are tough bitches. I have seen us defy the dire predictions from the medical profession many times!

  13. Glad to hear that she is improving!!! Still best wishes to you and her family its as hard on you as it is for her!